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The Alvin and Fanny B. Thalheimer Foundation  

Jewish Communal Giving

Jewish Communal Giving

Hillel - Students celebrating Passover in Kharkov, Ukraine



Jewish Communal Giving

Sixth & I - Rabbi discusses a Torah portion with Josh Radnor, star of How I Met Your Mother



Jewish Communal Giving

Schechter Institute - Shabbat celebration at Kiev's Kehillat Masoret

Guidelines for Jewish Communal Giving Program

We believe that there are unmet needs of the Jewish community domestically and we belive in the intrinsic value of Jewish communities in other parts of the world and want to support the growth of a rich and diverse Jewish communal life and culture. It is not the intention of this committee to support the Jewish Federation System through general funding, but supplemental designated funding of specific programs supported or endorsed by the Federation may be considered.

The grants program includes 3 principal program components:

  1. Evolving Community Needs: To address evolving needs and underfunded programs in the Jewish communities in the United States, with preference given to cities where family members reside (Baltimore, New York, Washington, DC and Portland, Maine).

  2. Support for Jewish Communities Overseas: To strengthen diverse Jewish communities and build Jewish identity and self-sufficiency in Europe, Russia and the countries of the Former Soviet Union. Grant activities will include professional training and support for Jewish professionals and community leaders (para professionals) and program support for developing pluralistic programming in communities without strong self-sufficient reform institutions and Jewish cultural and educational programs.

  3. Safety and Security: To ensure the safety and security of Jewish communities worldwide, including responding to threats of anti-Semitism as well as humanitarian and political crises threatening Jewish communities.

Examples of organizations receiving Jewish Communal Giving Grants:
            World Union for Progressive Judaism
            Project Kesher
            Jewish Telegraphic Agency

View our 2016 Grants
View our 2015 Grants
View our 2014 Grants


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